Suffering a minor inconvenience today I was reminded of a phrase that I read last year as part of a newspaper article. I occasionally search for articles on surfing which might not be picked up by the surf media and then tweet about them on the inkydeep twitter page.
The article was about surfers being successful in stopping expanded repairs to a wall which would have impacted one of their local breaks; Ruggles, in Newport, Rhode Island. The article titled “Surf fans win fight to stop Newport wall” was published in April 2013 in the Boston Globe;
“For weeks, the city has seen a growing swell of opposition to a state proposal to repair the walk in a way that residents said could have permanently altered the break of the waves, threatened undersea life, ruined the surfing, and harshed everyone’s mellow.”
It was the phrase “harshed everyone’s mellow” that caught my attention which I think would sit quite comfortably alongside other surfer slang and sayings; for example, when dropped in on, your response could be “Hey dude!, your harshing my mellow!”